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  • Christine Giscombe
    Christine Giscombe
    Chair of the Board

    Christine has worked successfully in the corporate environment for over 30 years. She uses her experience and leadership skills to make an impact and bring about positive change.

    Christine is the past Chair of the Board of Trustees for Waltham Forest YMCA. She served as Chair from 2014-2016. She also served as Chair of the Services Committee from 2013-2016. With over 20 years’ experience working in the legal profession she currently works as the Director of Finance & Administration in a leading set of barristers’ chambers. Christine is a member of the Advisory Board for Richard Branson’s Centre of Entrepreneurship in Jamaica supporting and advising young entrepreneurs in their business development journey.

    Christine is an experienced mentor and coach and has supported many young people in transitioning from a negative place to a positive place, enabling them to face their challenges, address their fears and embrace and celebrate who they are! Christine is passionate about empowering and motivating young people and providing them with the right tools which results in healthy lifestyle choices and positive mind-set changes. She believes that everyone has a talent, gift or skill that can add value and make a difference to someone else.

  • Marjorie Price
    Marjorie Price

    Marjorie has been volunteering as a board member since 2017, she is currently Vice Chair of the board and in addition supports with issues related to safeguarding and HR.

    Marjorie has been working in the area of Learning and Development for the past 19 years. During which time she has worked as a Management Training Consultant and college lecturer.

    Marjorie has a real passion for educating young people to realise their true potential. As a management training consultant, Marjorie has been contracted by a number of voluntary and statutory organisations to specifically work with young people, who were considered by schools to lack academic attainment or academically bright but needed the skills to build confidence and self-esteem. In addition her programmes also equipped young people with skills such as leadership, and working in a team, to name a few.

    Marjorie strongly believes that every young person, given encouragement and support can turn their life around regardless of their family background or the environment they live in.

  • Fitzroy Andrew
    Fitzroy Andrew

    Fitzroy’s 40-year career encompasses a diversity of roles and interests taking in leadership of local and national charities and social enterprises, organisational consulting, and developing people at all ages and stages of life. He currently works as an independent career coach; as an associate director for a number of consultancy practices; and with the Office for Institutional Equity at the University of East London.

    As a native east Londoner, Fitzroy has a longstanding commitment to youth leadership and development, and he continues to assist the growth of a number of agencies in the field. His combined experience and knowledge and his passion for learning and growth give him a wealth of resources to draw upon and a natural affinity with serving Spark2Life, where he has occupied the role of Treasurer since 2018.

  • Emmanuel Gotora
    Board Member

    Emmanuel Gotora has a passion for strengthening civil society institutions and winning change. He is Lead Organiser for Citizens UK’s founding chapter, The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO), and North London Citizens, both representing 140 civil society organisation across 13 London boroughs. He also supervises Citizens UK’s Leeds Chapter.

    Through his work as a Community Organiser in east London, Emmanuel he has trained thousands of community leaders to win change including: winning the Living Wage campaign for 150 cleaners at the University of East London; pioneering a community-based recruitment model which placed over 1,500 local people into jobs for the London 2012 Olympics; leading Citizen UK’s national Just Money campaign for affordable credit.

  • Daniel Ratnaras
    Daniel Ratnaras
    Co-Opted Board Member

    Daniel currently works for Cisco as a Consultant with a background in Computer Science. His key objective at Spark2Life is to provide advice and steer the IT strategies.

    Daniel was born and raised in North London and had exposure to gangs and drugs from a young age. However, he was fortunate enough to benefit from the leadership, guidance and mentoring of Dez Brown, who helped him to separate from the negative influences around him and focus on his education.

    Since then, he has been passionate about seeing positive change in young people’s lives by providing other young people the same opportunity he received.

    Daniel is also actively involved in other youth projects that focus on young south Asians.

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